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Two Killed in Memphis Plane Crash

July 2, 2003

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ A small plane flown by a prominent Florida neurosurgeon flipped over Wednesday while attempting to land, killing the pilot and a passenger and seriously injuring the other two people aboard.

The twin-propeller Beechcraft ended up on its back between two runways at Memphis International Airport, pinning down three victims who had to be pulled out by rescue crews.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known. No distress call was received from the plane, the runway was in good repair and the weather was clear, airport manager Larry Cox said.

Dr. David W. Cahill, chairman of the University of South Florida’s Department of Neurological Surgery, and John Murphy, of Pensacola, Fla., were killed.

The injured men, identified by airport officials as Ed Brown and Chip Lomell, both of Tampa, Fla., were reported in critical condition at an area hospital.

Cahill, 51, of Tampa, a published physician and researcher, was internationally known for his work in spinal surgery, said Dr. Daniel Greenwald, a Tampa plastic surgeon who owned the plane.

Cahill’s three passengers worked for Medtronic Sofamor Danek, a Minneapolis medical technology company, Greenwald said. The men were headed to Memphis for a business meeting, he said.

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